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Skip The Lab: How To Mount & Frame Prints Yourself | DIY With Tony Roslund

By Kishore Sawh on September 23rd 2014


Dave Grohl. That’s who always pops into mind when I think of Tony Roslund. A now calmer 90/2000s rocker that still maintains cool – someone I’d have a bourbon with. A self confessed third generation photographer who had his first job in the studio that he now owns, Roslund has a knack for keying into the things that appeal to the joyous and practical side of photography, and then sharing that.


We’ve previously featured some of his work, where he shows us how to make really clean, impressive looking DIY Diffusion Panels for about $30. This time, he’s ditched the on location aid, for a post production process of mounting and framing prints. It’ll appeal to the tactile sensory side of your personality, and if you’re like me, will have you wanting to order some prints on the spot.

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I’ve noticed a personal trend of mine that really leans towards the manual side of photography; working with film cameras, developing, and printing. There’s something about really holding a print, regardless of size, in your hand. It feels complete, like the work and best bits of the process finally culminating in this piece – it feels like Revelations. If you haven’t gotten any prints made in a while, even from your local pharmacy, go do it today would be my recommendation.


After you’ve done that, and possibly bitten by the bug, this video will likely prompt you to take it a step, or four, further. The mounting and framing process as explained and shown by Roslund, is extremely clean, and efficient, and frugal without sacrifice of quality. It’s also probably more difficult than he makes it seem, but the rewards are undeniable, and to have those rewards for minimal material cost seems a worthwhile endeavor.

For more from Tony, do check out his Vimeo feed and his website.

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A photographer and writer based in Miami, he can often be found at dog parks, and airports in London and Toronto. He is also a tremendous fan of flossing and the happiest guy around when the company’s good.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Graham Curran

    Great video. Saved for future reference.

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  2. Basit Zargar

    Loved it

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  3. john foxphoto

    I would liked to have seen how the final bit of trimming the gatorboard edges was done, this is a difficult task for me. I never thought about using a roller to smooth the paper out. How do you spell the name of the pressure sensitive adhesive you use, I cannot find anything online matching my guesses “Nishan?”. Also, is it archival adhesive? Thanks for the video, I always like to learn new mounting techniques…

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  4. Lindsey Nolan

    Great video! And great hair! ;)

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  5. Tony Roslund

    Great write-up Kishore! Bourbon sounds good, anytime. Hit me up if you’re ever in the Seattle area, we usually have a few bottles from recent shoots laying around the studio we haven’t emptied yet. ;-)

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    • Dave Lyons

      It’s Bourbon Fest here (crappy kentucky) everyone come down and get hammered ;)~

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  6. Steve Enoch

    Great video. I love how simple he made this seem and his demo was great. I am definitely going to try this out. Thanks for sharing this Kish.

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    • Tony Roslund

      Good luck, hit me up via social media if you have questions or run into problems.

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  7. Kim Farrelly

    “…someone I’d have a bourbon with” best complement ever.

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